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Pope Francis talks with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Ireland must avoid repeating the mistakes of St John Paul II’s visit in 1979

A detail from the mosaic (Irish Catholic Bishops/Flickr)

The mosaic depicts the apparition of the Virgin Mary to 15 witnesses in 1979

Cardinal Timothy Dolan stands with Franciscan University of Steubenville students in Knock (CNS)

The cardinal discussed Pope Francis’s upcoming trip to America during a keynote speech at the Marian shrine

Cardinal Dolan (CNS)

The pilgrims from the US arrived for the eight-day visit to the Marian shrine in County Mayo on Sunday

Grandparents come from near and far to gather at Knock to pray for their vocation  (Photo: Liamy McNally)

Grandparents make annual pilgrimage to Knock

Homilist Fr Benny MacHale spoke of the ‘special bond’ between children and their grandparents

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

Next year’s event in Dublin will attract many leading Catholic figures

Fr Federico Lombardi, right, and Mgr Charles Scicluna present the new norms at the Vatican (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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